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Are There Toxic Chemicals in Lipstick?

Who doesn’t love a good lipstick?  After all, the perfect shade of lipstick can make a woman feel attractive, sexy, and confident….

                                     … but looks can be deceiving!

Tests conducted by the FDA last year on 22 red lipsticks found lead, a neurotoxin, in every single lipstick sample studied. 

The highest lead levels were actually in three well-known, common brands. In fact, the lead level in one lipstick was 34 times higher than the lead found in the lowest-scoring lipstick.

The FDA does not regulate lead in finished cosmetics, only in the colors added to the products.

Studies suggest the average woman consumes about 4 pounds of lipstick over the course of her life. 

Lead builds up in the body over time, some of it is incorporated into our bones.  During pregnancy, breast-feeding, and after menopause, a woman’s blood levels of lead rise as stored calcium, and bone lead is released.  Small levels of lead are even dangerous to developing children.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter can cause brain damage in children.  Lower levels have been linked to developmental delays, aggression, attention and learning problems.

How do you feel about cosmetic manufacturers putting toxic chemicals in your cosmetics?  Share your comments with us!

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